South Korea: The Army Takes Over

The generals took over in South Korea last week, proclaiming their desire to wipe out corruption, inefficiency and Communism. The U.S., which had trained the crack Korean army and hand-picked its leaders, was surprised by the coup and bewildered in its response.

It was 3:30 a.m. when the Jeeps and trucks loaded with soldiers began rolling into Seoul. At the Han River bridge, six confused military police guards made the mistake of resisting and were shot on the spot. Columns of marines and paratroopers raced unopposed to the center of the city,...

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